Noa Yekutieli was born in California (USA) in 1989 and immigrated to Israel as a young child. Yekutieli lives and works in Tel Aviv (Israel).
I see myself as a memory researcher who comes to life as a visual artist. My work aims to take the viewer through a personal memory quest, raising questions regarding the differences between memories and how they translate into perceiving our reality, and how this forms out consciousness.
For the past few years I have been conducting an autodidactic research of paper-cutting technique focusing on 2-dimensional pieces in black and white, as well as on site-specific installations, which often include ready made objects and a combination of the ready-mades and my paper cut works. I explore the fickle nature of memory through natural disasters and man made disasters, which erase and change an entire physical reality, leaving only memories that gradually blur and dissolve to make room for a newly evolving reality. The disaster, however, is not the subject of my work, but only the frame story whereby I observe the resulting void, the locus whose absence we feel and strive to fill the place, which we miss. I arrived at the all so sensitive and volatile subject of natural and man made disasters because there is something about such an extreme event that leads to a concise process of memory construction, and due to living in a reality of conflict.
Unlike other art techniques where you usually add material like in drawing, painting and sculpture, in paper cutting it is a process of subtraction. The void, the missing, creates the image and the memories.